Education Outside The Classroom

Education Outside The Classroom (E.O.T.C.)

E.O.T.C. is a generic term to describe curriculum based learning that extends beyond the four walls of the classroom.  This can range from a museum or marae visit to a sports trip, outdoor education camp, or a rocky shore field trip.  E.O.T.C. crosses all essential learning areas in the New Zealand Curriculum.

Social, spiritual, emotional and physical development and learning in many curriculum areas are enhanced by providing relevant, enjoyable opportunities to explore and learn beyond the normal school environment.  The school is committed to providing E.O.T.C. for all children in the various curriculum areas.  The safety of all involved in school E.O.T.C. activities is paramount.

E.O.T.C. programmes in Ss Peter and Paul School will be designed to:

  • enhance learning, through a variety of well-designed, first-hand experiences;
  • provide experiences for learners that encourage awareness of the values and philosophy of the tangata whenua, along with other cultures within our community;
  • increase learners’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the school area, local district, and other places, including some unfamiliar places;
  • develop learners’ skills in observation, recording, reporting and organisation;
  • help learners develop self-confidence and a sense of adventure;
  • assist learners in their social development by placing them with others in unfamiliar situations;
  • help students develop an attitude of responsibility, particularly towards their own safety and that of others.

 

When planning an E.O.T.C. experience, staff carefully consider the risks associated with the activity and use the School’s Education Outside The Classroom policy to determine the necessary action in managing and minimising the risk to make the activity a positive experience for each student.  All E.O.T.C. activities are approved by the Principal, and overnight camps are approved by the Board of Trustees.

Ss Peter and Paul School offers 2 E.O.T.C. camps for students - every second year students in Years 5 and 6 and students in Years 7 and 8 attend School Camp.  The camp for Years 5 and 6 students is held in Term 4, typically at YMCA Camp Kaitoke north of Upper Hutt, and the camp for Years 7 and 8 students is held in Term 2, separately for each Intermediate School class, typically at Palm Grove Camp in Paraparaumu.  Each camp is designed to enhance students’ self-esteem through challenging individual and group activities.

In addition to these camps, each area of the school has a week-long E.O.T.C. focus in Term 4 every year with an emphasis on water safety.